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January 26, 2010

Two Tips Tuesday

Tip #1: Word Gems

So easy a KID can do it!

Obviously, the options you have with this easy craft are absolutely endless but I love when crafts turn into learning tools too.

My BFF's oldest son is learning his letters, letter sounds and beginning to read.  This exciting new time of learning inspired this fun little craft. I used clear, craft, gem stones purchased from the dollar tree and bonded paper right from the computer with my chosen font.  

That simple!  

You can make them in to magnets for the fridge. ( I am all about magnets at the moment). Other ideas:
  • Cut out photos of distant relatives so your kids learn their names and faces
  • Back them with fabric (my next endeavor)
  • Make them into a fun travel matching game
Oh, there are so many more but sweet slumber is beckoning...but what would you do?

 Here I used words to make fun sentences.

Tip #2: Get Your Kiddos (or you) Crafty & Organized

I have been in craft mode lately...hence the crafty tips.  And this one seemed particularly useful because I tend to make anything crafty become my personal chaos.  Whether it is the crafts designated for the kids or the stuff for me, it can end up all over the house.  Our dinners are sometimes relegated to floor picnics due to a craft extravaganza on every square inch of the dining room table.  Sadly, I have no craft room.

So I tried to come up with ways to make it easier for the girls to have crafty fun.  Here are two ideas and I used what I had in the house to do it.  Hopefully, inspiration can strike you when  considering all you have.

This is one of those utensil holder thingys I got at a party store.  Great craft caddy when not in use. I filled it with all the kid craft paper, scissors, pom pom balls, crayons, markers, glue sticks, foam sheets, and contact paper.

This was my ABSOLUTE favorite idea!  I took a set of 6 cups bought at IKEA, glued them to a lazy susan used for spices and looky there...a nifty art caddy to keep on the kid's art table!

Happy Tuesday Friends!


  1. LOVE the lazy susan idea--why didn't I think of it?! ;) You have such great ideas!

  2. Great post. We do a lot of floor picnics at our house, too. LOL!!

  3. love it!!! thanks so much great ideas!! I too have craft things all over the place!! sad to say I even have a designated craft room that I just don't make it tooo lol =)

  4. Loving the lazy susan idea! I'll have to give that one a whirl here at our house.

  5. What is this bonded paper you speak of? I want to be crafty! My 5 y/o boy would this this is sooo cool.

  6. Oh, I just glued the paper to the craft gem. If you use photos, I know you can use a glue gun. I used Fabri-Tac because I work so much with fabric and I had it on hand and it was clear. Good luck!

  7. I totally have one of those silverware caddies...Guess what I am gonna do today :)


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